[ lav-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ˈlæv əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /

noun, plural lav·a·to·ries.

a room fitted with equipment for washing the hands and face and usually with flush toilet facilities.
a flush toilet; water closet.
a bowl or basin with running water for washing or bathing purposes; washbowl.
any place where washing is done.

Origin of lavatory

1325–75; Middle English lavatorie < Late Latin lavātōrium washing-place, equivalent to Latin lavā(re) to wash + -tōrium -tory2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for lavatory

/ (ˈlævətərɪ, -trɪ) /

noun plural -ries

Also called: toilet, water closet, WC
  1. a sanitary installation for receiving and disposing of urine and faeces, consisting of a bowl fitted with a water-flushing device and connected to a drain
  2. a room containing such an installation
the washing place in a convent or monastic establishment

Word Origin for lavatory

C14: from Late Latin lavātōrium, from Latin lavāre to wash
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